We have a detailed statement of faith, but in a nutshell we believe:
The Bible is God’s inspired and infallible word to us and is the source of our knowledge of God and how we can relate to him and live for him.
God is the supreme ruler and creator of the universe, and us all.
People are made in the image of God, but we have chosen not to acknowledge him as our creator and ruler. The consequence of this is alienation and eternal separation from God.
God sent Jesus, the God-man to pay for our failure to live his way. He did this through dying in our place on the cross. The result of this is forgiveness and a new relationship with God.
God inhabits and empowers believers by his Spirit to respond to Him and live lives of gratitude for what he has done for us.
Our statement of faith
There is one God, infinitely perfect, eternally existent, in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit who created all things, sustains all of life, is the Father of all humankind and is our Redeemer and Judge.
Jesus Christ is ‘God with us’ truly God and truly Man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. He is the ‘human face of God,’ teaching us by his words and works what God is like; dying for us to demonstrate his love for us, to defeat the power of death over us, and to atone for our sins; and is now seated in heaven praying for us. We await His second coming from heaven to judge the world and redeem His people. (Mat 1:18; Lk 2:52; Heb 1:3, Heb 4:15, Heb 8:1, Heb 10:10; 1 Cor 15:1-4; John 14:1-6)
The Holy Spirit is ‘God in us,’ empowering us to live in the church and in the world. He gives spiritual gifts to all Christians to enable us to glorify Christ and serve one another. All the spiritual gifts mentioned in the New Testament are available to the whole church until the second coming (‘when the perfect comes’ – 1 Cor 13:10). Christians are to defer to one another, allowing only those with proven giftedness to exercise public ministries, without denying all Christians are gifted by God to minister in various ways.
The Old and New Testament Scriptures are inerrant and given by inspiration of God. Like Jesus, the living Word of God, the Scriptures are both divine and human documents so we interpret the Bible humbly, always open to the Lord to shed more light and truth from His holy Word. The Bible is the final authority for all our beliefs and practices concerning the salvation of people and of faith and of the Christian life. They are a sufficient and clear revelation of God’s will for all of God’s people, everywhere, at all times. (2 Tim 3:16; John 1:1; 2 Pet 1:19-21)
Humans are created in the image of God, and although this image is tarnished by sin, our ‘God-likeness’ is reclaimed and restored through love and forgiveness ‘in Christ.’ Every person is born under judgement because of the sin of Adam and Eve and are unable to save themselves from the penalty of sin, (eternal separation from God). People, however, are precious to God and are redeemed by believing in (meaning to trust in and rely on) Jesus Christ alone for salvation. (Gen 1:26,27; Col 3:10; Rom 3:21-26)
Worship means Jesus is to be Lord of everything we do, whether together in ’corporate worship’ or in our homes, jobs, schools, leisure activities etc., doing it all for the glory of God. Our worship acknowledges three biblical models: The sacramental (baptism & communion); the centrality of the Word; and ‘charismatic’ (exercising our spiritual gifts). We pursue excellence in all we do because we want to honour God. (Rom 12:1,2)
Believers are a Community who follow Jesus Christ together, sharing in a bond of love which transcends race, culture, nationality, sex and age. We bring together in the Body of Christ, the fruits and gifts of the Spirit to bear on human need. The aim of all ministries is to encourage the church to minister, both to itself and those outside. Pastor-teachers empower the church to mature in Christ, acknowledging that ministry belongs to all (Col 1:28-29; Eph 4:11-16). The whole church is pastoral, priestly and prophetic. We are to love the whole church – all the family of believers (1 Pet 2:17). We are Christians first and Church of Christ second. We wish to cooperate with all other individuals and churches who ‘acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures’.
Spiritual formation is the dynamic process whereby the Word of God is applied by the Spirit of God to the hearts and minds of the children of God so they become more like the Son of God. Every Christian is encouraged to belong fully to the life and ministry of the church.
Our mission is to continue the ministry of Jesus in our world through His strength and enabling; doing works of justice (serving the powerless and rebuking oppressors), healing (providing physical and spiritual reconciliation as signs of the Kingdom of God); mercy (ministering to others at the point of their need) and evangelism (calling people to faith, and to walk humbly before their God) – John 20:21, Mat 23:23, Lk 4:18-19, Lk 11:42, Mic 6:8.
We affirm the Lordship of Christ over His church; the authority of the Bible over human precedents and traditions; the baptism of believers only (practised in our church by immersion); a regenerate church membership; freedom of conscience in matters unclear; and love which covers all action and motivation.